Take action to help those affected by Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Fiona smashed into Puerto Rico, knocking out the US island territory’s power while dumping torrential rain and wreaking catastrophic damage before making landfall in the Dominican Republic on September 19. (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 18, causing widespread power and water service outages for more than 3.1 million residents. The storm has also left over one million people without running water in the Dominican Republic and has brought deadly flooding in Turks and Caicos and Bermuda.

Puerto Rico never fully recovered from Hurricane Maria in 2017, which killed nearly 3,000 people and destroyed the power grid. Now, millions of residents are without food, water or shelter. Our thoughts are with all those impacted, especially our My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Community in Loíza, a town in Puerto Rico of roughly 30,000 mostly Afro-descendant people.

The Loíza Alliance for Peace, funded by the Puerto Rico Community Foundation, works to reduce violence, increase educational opportunities, and create new economic opportunities for boys and young men of color on the island. At the Obama Foundation, we believe that change comes when people work together, especially during times of natural disasters.

The organizations listed below are accepting donations to provide medical and hygiene kits, food, shelter, and more to families in need. If you’re able, we hope you’ll consider pitching in to help.

Brigada Solidaria del Oeste
Brigada Solidaria del Oeste, a Puerto Rico based mutual-aid group, is collecting emergency donations such as solar lamps, water filters, water purification tablets and first aid kids, as well as monetary donations. Donate here.

The Hispanic Federation
The Hispanic Federation, a nonprofit supporting Latino communities across the United States, is providing on-the-ground emergency relief and essential supplies in Puerto Rico. Donate here.

PRxPR is a disaster and rebuild relief fund that launched after Hurricane Maria in 2017. The organization works with local initiatives across the island to help rebuild infrastructure and provide humanitarian needs. Donate here.

United Nations World Food Programme
The United Nations group, the world’s largest humanitarian organization, is providing food, disaster relief, and emergency equipment to support recovery efforts in the Dominican Republic. Donate here.

Project HOPE
Project HOPE, an international global health and humanitarian aid non-governmental organization, is accepting monetary donations for humanitarian aid for Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Donate here.